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Fr. Stan Fortuna C.F.R.
Fr. Stan Fortuna C.F.R., is one of the eight founding members of the “Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Prior to his conversion, Fr. Stan was a professional jazz musician and often played sessions in NYC and the Tri-State area. Fr. Stan has independently released over 20 CD’s in various genres as well as DVD’s and books. Fr. Stan travels extensively giving talks and concerts across the country and around the world with proceeds from bookings and sales going towards his work with the poor and underprivileged families. The C.F.R.s adhere to an ascetic lifestyle in the friaries and live in impoverished areas around the world ministering to the needy. Fr. Stan has been involved with community development and the implementation of various social programs in his neighborhood of the South Bronx for over 25 years.
Arleen is a Catholic speaker and author of the book Chastity is For Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin (Ave Maria Press, Nov. 2014). She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in counseling, both from the University of South Florida. She blogs at arleenspenceley.com. Click here to follow her on Twitter, click here to like her on Facebook, and click here to follow her on Instagram.
A brilliant songwriter, musician, speaker and worship leader, Chris Padgett travels around the world giving talks, missions and concerts. Using the medium of music and message, he communicates the message of Christ’s love and forgiveness in a way that makes a difference.
A founding member of Scarecrow and Tinmen, Chris wrote, recorded and toured with this popular Christian band for seven years. He also has four solo albums to his credit: Follow, Golden, Wonder (Joyful Desperation), and The Encounter. In 2005 his song “Wonder” won the Unity Award for Rock Song of the Year.
Michael “Gomer” Gormley
My name is Michael Gormley, but people since 10th grade have called me “Gomer”. I’m married to a momivore named Shannon, and have 4 kids that are 5 and under. (I don’t sleep much.)
My goal is to connect with people of all ages using humor, knowledge and the grace of the Holy Spirit in order to evangelize and catechize those belonging to the new evangelization.
For my Undergraduate degrees, I double majored in Philosophy and Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. I have a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry, which combines theological training with pastoral and catechetical formation.
Martin graduated from Franciscan University in 1996 and has been leading worship ever since. Although he has worked as a youth minister, campus minister, songwriter, speaker, and recording artist, Martin claims the most fulfilling thing in his life is his role as husband and father. Martin has been featured on EWTN’s “Life On The Rock” and “Backstage” programs, and has produced four recordings of Catholic music.